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Hammer attack sentences reviewed

Henry Webster
Mr Webster suffered brain injury in the attack

Seven teenagers convicted of battering a Wiltshire boy close to death with a claw hammer could have their sentences reconsidered.

Henry Webster, 16, was left fighting for his life after the attack at Ridgeway School in Wroughton in 2007.

The Attorney General has referred the cases of Nazrul Amin, Amjad Qazi and four juveniles back to the Court of Appeal, requesting harsher sentences.

Wasif Khan is to appeal separately to have his sentence cut.

I felt the hammer hit the back of my head. I know it was a hammer because if it was a punch, your vision does not change
Henry Webster
Henry Webster's mother Liz has welcomed the application for longer sentences, due to be made at the Court of Appeal on Wednesday.

The attack on Henry Webster, who was 15 at the time, was carried out by 18-year-old Wasif Khan, Amjad Qazi, Nazrul Amin, both 19, and four others who cannot be identified.

They were all convicted of GBH and were given jail terms ranging from eight months to eight years.

A fight had been arranged after Henry had "barged" into a group of boys in a school corridor.

It was supposed to be a one-on-one fight, but when Henry arrived at the playground he was attacked by the group.




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